Susy Solis, NBCDFW
Travelers and flights were redirected to DFW Airport to avoid damage from Hurricane Irene.
Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport cancelled 52 aircraft departures for Saturday, and 55 more on Sunday, almost all due to the impact of Hurricane Irene along the East Coast.
Nearly the same number of arrivals were also canceled.
DFW Airport began receiving visitors Sunday from airports that had been closed during the storm.
Becky Ridgeway’s vacation to North Texas cut short by the hurricane.
“I was supposed to leave Raleigh yesterday at 8:50 a.m. and my flight was cancelled because of the hurricane so, I didn’t get here until now,” she said. “Irene was a big thing because it ruined my weekend.”
Airport spokesman David Magana said in a written statement that cancellations included most or all airline service to a number of airports along the eastern seaboard, including those in New York, Newark, Boston, and Philadelphia.
Some cities which did not see flight service from DFW on Saturday saw a partial or full resumption of service today, including Washington DC, Baltimore, Norfolk, Richmond, Raleigh/Durham and Charlotte.
Planes in the path of the storm were removed the eastern seaboard and parked in other cities. DFW Airport housed 40 aircraft while the storm passed through the east coast.
The planes will head back to their home airports on regularly scheduled flights over the next few days.
Airport traffic is expected to increase as delayed travelers look to get home after the storm.
Customer service teams were standing by to assist passengers whose travel plans were impacted by the storm. Magana said 85 passengers stayed overnight Saturday in the terminals, which is average for a weekend night.